Use the word oatmeal for ground, crushed, or cut oats — or to mean the hot cereal made from cooking these processed oats. You might prefer your oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins.

Oatmeal is a porridge or hot cereal, a tasty breakfast especially in the winter months. It's also the name of the meal that you need to boil in water or milk to make a bowl of oatmeal. As well as the breakfast dish, you can make things like bread, cookies, and pancakes with oatmeal. In Scotland, oatmeal has long been the major grain, and as a result oatmeal is an ingredient in many traditional foods, from gruel and oatcakes to haggis.

Definitions of oatmeal
  1. noun
    porridge made of rolled oats
    synonyms: burgoo
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    type of:
    soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick
  2. noun
    meal made from rolled or ground oats
    synonyms: rolled oats
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    type of:
    coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
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